Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

In this film that closely parallels his own life story, Richard Pryor plays Jo Jo Dancer, a popular stand-up comedian who has severely burned himself in a drug incident. As he lies unconscious in a hospital, his spiritual alter ego gets up and begins a journey of his own. He revisits his life, from growing up in a brothel as a child and struggling to beat the long odds to become a top rated comedian. However, his success brings new problems as he develops a tragic pattern of substance abuse that begins to screw up his life. All the while, Jo Jo's spirit watches these events and attempts to convince his past self to turn off from his path of self destruction. Written by Kenneth Chisholm

Directing:
  • Richard Pryor

Writing:
  • Richard Pryor
  • Paul Mooney
  • Rocco Urbisci

Stars:
Release Date: 1986-05-02
themoviedb icon 6.7/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 97
Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen
Michelle
Mike Genovese
Mike Genovese
Gino
Dennis Farina
Dennis Farina
Freddy
Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
Michael Ironside
Michael Irons...
Detective Lawrence
Tanya Boyd
Tanya Boyd
Alicia
Marlene Warfield
Marlene Warfi...
Sonja
Art Evans
Art Evans
Arturo
Fay Hauser
Fay Hauser
Grace
Barbara Williams
Barbara Willi...
Dawn
Paula Kelly
Paula Kelly
Satin Doll
Diahnne Abbott
Diahnne Abbot...
Mother
Billy Eckstine
Billy Eckstin...
Johnny Barnett
Wings Hauser
Wings Hauser
Cliff
Virginia Capers
Virginia Cape...
Emma Ray
Frederick Coffin
Frederick Cof...
Dr. Weissman
Ken Foree
Ken Foree
Big Jake
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